Salvatore Cardillo (1874–1947) was an Italian-American composer. Born in Naples, he studied piano and composition in Italy before emigrating in 1903 to the United States as a university graduate. His career encompassed songwriting and movie music. He died in New York.

Cardillo's richly scored and still popular 1911 romance Core 'ngrato (Ungrateful Heart) — also known by its lyric Catarì, Catarì, pecchè me dici sti parole amare — was written in America to a text in Neapolitan dialect by Alessandro Sisca; it is in fact the only famous Neapolitan song by an Italian-American immigrant. The song's first exponent was the operatic tenor Enrico Caruso, but it is not clear whether he commissioned it. Franco Corelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and, more recently, Roberto Alagna and Jonas Kaufmann are among the tenors to have included Core 'ngrato in their repertories.

The composer also wrote the songs Barcarola, to a text by Edoardo San Giovanni, and Oi luna (O Silvery Moon), to a text by Riccardo Cordiferro. These were published in 1921 as "Two Neapolitan Songs" by G. Schirmer Inc. in New York.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1962 A Song For You Mario del Monaco & Mantovani 2
1993 イタリア民謡 Carlo Bergonzi, Vincenzo Scalera, Alberto Cupido, I filarmonica di Torino, Maurizio Barbacini 6
1997 Serenades Roberto Alagna, David Alagna, Frédérico Alagna 1
1999 Romantica Various Artists 1
1999 The Best 11 of '99 Various Artists 1
Plácido Domingo: Große Stimmen Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Italian Love Songs Various Artists 1
1996 John Williams Plays the Movies John Williams 3
2001 The Complete Recordings, Volume 6 Enrico Caruso 1
2002 The Best of The 3 Tenors The Three Tenors 3
2002 Romantica: The Very Best of Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti 1
2004 Italian Popular Songs, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2004 The Complete Recordings: Recorded 1902-1920 Enrico Caruso 1
2007 Pavarotti Forever Luciano Pavarotti 1
2012 Classical 2012 Various Artists 2
A Touch of Classics: On Wings of Song Various Artists 1
Mandolini Napolitani, The Gold of Naples Various Artists 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 The Decca Sound (Celebrating 50 Years of the Decca Sound with 50 CDs) Various Artists 3

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